[R-G] Bush orders bin Laden hit
bstoller at utopia2000.org
Sun Oct 21 07:27:32 MDT 2001
BBC. 21 October 2001. Eliminate Bin Laden, CIA told.
President Bush has authorised the CIA to use lethal force to eliminate
Osama Bin Laden and key members of his al-Qaeda organisation, the
Washington Post has revealed.
The president has given the agency the green light to do "whatever is
necessary" in operations against al-Qaeda, a US official told the paper.
The CIA has been handed an extra $1bn to fund covert operations and
received an unprecedented order to work more closely with elite commando
The order, signed by President Bush last month but disclosed now for the
first time, was described as the most sweeping since the founding of the
agency in 1947.
American intelligence has detected "new and important" weaknesses in Bin
Laden's organisation which will it will attack in lethal, secret
operations, the paper quoted US sources as saying.
However a Taleban official released a statement on Sunday saying that
Bin Laden and his companions were "living in complete safety."
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